I have an old Canon EOS500 film camera which I've enjoyed immensely over the years. I have three lenses for it:
Sigma 17-35 EX (HSM)
Canon 35-80 EF
Canon 75-300 EF (USM)
I guess I'm a photography "enthusiast"; I understand the rules of photography, I have been known to take good pictures, I experiment with settings and situations, and I want to go further with what I can do, although I have no intention to go pro or semi-pro. I want to take pictures, to look at them and get lost in them.
I haven't used the camera much in the past few years as digital has taken hold and film is now so expensive to use. I want to upgrade to a good digital and am considering the Canon 5D II or the 60D. I am leaning strongly to the 5D II as I use the wide-angle lens mostly, for landscapes and interiors and I have been waiting for a full-frame sensor (no lens multiplicatin factor and wide-angle loss) along with a large-enough pixel count to not be less than the film equivalent.
I went and had a chat last week to a pro shop which was interesting. Their main comment was that although the 5D II was a lovely camera, my lenses wouldn't do it justice. The wide-angle would have very strong vignetting and the other lenses would be too soft to take advantage of the capabilities of both the DSLRs.
So many people say that lenses are the most important thing. I'm inclined to agree. I just don't want to throw away the investment I've already made.
Does anyone have suggestions as to where to from here? My budget is such that I don't want to spend unnecessarily but I don't want to cut myself short. I want something that will work for years to come and give me joy, but I don't want to resent the overall outlay. Say, up to $4k-ish where a 5D II is $3359 and the 60D is $1462. Certainly over $5k I will have lots of justifying to do to my wife!
Should I start over for everything? Get the cheaper 60D and a new lens? What one? Get the 5D II and put up with soft lenses for a (long) while? Secondhand lenses? Something else?
All comments appreciated!